Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: THE OTHER BOOK by Roe Horvat

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Length: 4hrs 26mins
Cover Design: Roe Horvat
Narrated By: Vance Bastian


It was supposed to be just sex...Famous last words.

Tyler doesn't overthink pleasure and avoids complications. He knows it might be stupid to get involved with his closeted boss, but the temptation is too great. At first, the cold and beautiful Joel Sandstrom seems to loathe Tyler's guts.

Except one late night at the office, his reasons become clear...and his control breaks.

Every time they touch, Joel's stony face comes alive, harsh lines smooth out, and for a minute, he looks serene. Happy, even. Just sex - dirty, intense, spectacular sex.

During their covert encounters, Tyler discovers the power he has over the lonesome man, and it's a heady feeling. What if he could set Joel free and give him peace of mind? When Tyler realizes how much Joel needs him, he doesn't regret breaking his own rules.

Gay erotic romance. Contains explicit scenes and sexual interactions between more than two partners. For adult readers only.

Carra's Review

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I was duly impressed by the writing and the solid storyline here, and the erotic intimate scenes were well off the charts *fans self*  It starts with an enemies-to-lovers vibe though as the story goes on it morphs into something more emotional.

Tyler is unapologetically himself, and enjoys a pretty free lifestyle—particularly when it comes to his intimate adventures—and has no problem taking charge.  Especially when it comes to his boss, Joel.  Joel seems very straight-laced at work, but has a huge weakness when it comes to Tyler.  Their clandestine encounters eventually become more…something Joel desperately needs thanks to the stresses in his life.

Make no mistake—this is absolutely an erotic romance.  There’s not only plenty of sex scenes, but you’re also going to find some with more than just Tyler and Joel involved.  The interesting thing is the scenes are not necessarily just gratuitous; the connections that form and the release they bring for Joel do serve a purpose (and yes, okay, they’re hella hot to read…not gonna lie).  

Not all erotic romance is just about the sex, and that is definitely the case here as Joel’s journey is an emotional one and highly personal—not just in the relationship he develops with Tyler, but also in his coming out and in his family life.  My only lament with this book is that it is told entirely from Tyler’s point of view; I would have loved to have heard Joel’s thoughts as things unfolded.  But even without Joel’s side this story is still moving and had me not wanting to put it down.

I loved this story, and it’s getting the full 5 star rating from me.  I’m also intrigued by Tyler’s friends Adam and Christoffer, I’m hoping they’ll have a story of their own to show how they got together as I’d love to read more about them!  The Other Book is meant strictly for readers 18+ for adult language and explicit erotic scenes, including some with multiple partners (so if that’s not your thing, you’ve been warned…but if it is your thing, you’re going to enjoy the ride!).  Be prepared for the heat, because this book does live up to its reputation ;-)

The narration: This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to from this narrator, and I thought Vance Bastian did a superb job of bringing The Other Book to life.  The more intense the physical scenes became between the characters, the more emotional the voices became to portray them.  The pacing was even and comfortable, and the voices different enough from each other to know which characters were speaking.  This will easily be an audiobook that I’ll be listening to again and again…5 stars for the narration!

About the Author

Queer fiction author Roe Horvat was born in the post-communist wasteland of former Czechoslovakia. Equipped with a dark sense of sarcasm, Roe traveled Europe and finally settled in Sweden. He came out as transgender in 2017 and has been fabulous since. He loves Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, bad action movies, stand-up comedy, pale ale, and daiquiri, with equal passion. When not hiding in the studio doing graphics, he can be found trolling cafés in Gothenburg, writing, and people-watching.


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